Strijen Junction, Kentucky, November 6, 1861

Our Minnesota 2nd regiment are now camping here in a vacant field, we have two hundred and fifty tents.

With the enemy close by we have two hundred and fifty of our men on guard duty.

Last night I with six others of our company were on picket duty six miles from our camp.

The southerners are saying that they will reach Louisville before the 20th of this month.

We soldiers get little news about the war, but we can notice that our officers are worried and watchful. We have worked hard since we got here, and are always ready for action.

The nights are cold, we can wipe ice off our guns every morning, many are sick with colds, among them are Evend. I am well and so is P. Peterson.

There has not been an enemy shot fired here yet. Today a part of our army marched to encircle a part of the Southern. We took provisions along for four days.

Since I got here I have always slept with coat and shoes on, sometimes at night we have a false alarm.

I do not feel like writing today as I have not slept for two nights, but I must make use of the time while First Lieutenant Cox is out of his tent so I can use his writing table.

Many of our soldiers have had enough of army life and say that if these three years ever come to an end that they will never again get into these circumstances. I can, for my part, not complain yet, but I can plainly see that we will have some hard times through the winter.